Winner of 28 Awards
"How refreshing to discover a film about a mature woman at a crossroads in her life. THE GYMNAST is fresh and vibrant, acted with conviction by a talented ensemble." —Leonard Maltin
"THE GYMNAST delivers emotional intensity in tastefully spectacular wrappings... the entire film unfolds in the space between physicality and sexuality. The acting is fine throughout, Weber in particular proving a master of the speaking glance. Writer/director Farr, adept at keeping dialogue to the point and at a minimum, allows thesps' expressive gestures and body language to tell the tale. Pic's epilogue, tucked in and interspersed among the closing credits, erupts in an epiphany of non-verbal communication."
"The heroine of this debut feature is an original, complex creation...a triumph for Weber."
"...a rare gem of a film."
Tom W. Kelly,
SAN FRANCISCO BAY TIMES
"A former gymnastic champion (played by Dreya Weber), in a deadening marriage and in her early forties, is thrown together with a dancer (Addie Yungmee), to create an aerial act to take to Vegas. A good deal of the action is (quite literally) up in the air and this vertiginous, voluptuous love story is the kind of film that really stays with you. Weber is a knockout and there isnt a false move; don't miss the end credits which include grace notes in the final scenes."
SAN FRANCISCO OBSERVER
"The Gymnast, writer/director Ned Farr's lushly photographed drama on sexual awakening casts a sensual, captivating spell."
CONTRA COSTA TIMES
"A polished, absorbing piece of work. Uncommonly sensual, and economically told, it's the kind of film in which a glance, a touch or a gesture communicates with an eloquence and potency words struggle to match...flecked with grace notes and strong characterization, [THE GYMNAST] delivers emotional intensity without overplaying its hand. One also must commend Weber's evocative choreography, and the finely framed photography that helps make the aerial sequences so lyrical. The overall look of the film is at once spare and sumptuous. Kudos to Farr and cinematographer Marco Fargnoli."
THE POST AND COURIER
"There is a scene in The Gymnast in which the protagonist, Jane, is suspended in midair, wrapped in a giant strand of silk that she's using as part of her Cirque du Soleillike rope-climbing routine. At one point, she pauses to slowly caress the shroud of gossamer fabric that has engulfed her body. It is a small but powerful metaphor of a person inside a cocoon, awaiting transformation. It is one of those rare pictures that everyone should see (straight readers, this means you) because even though it's a smoldering lesbian love story (are you paying attention now, straight guys?), the film reveals a number of universal themes, including transformation, loss, ageism, adultery and betrayal. All of this without so much as a hint of Lifetime-network sentimentality...these themes unravel both figuratively and metaphorically as Jane and Serena navigate the beautiful silks they employ as part of their act. So stunning are the visual cues in The Gymnast that language plays a secondary role. We read the loss on Jane's face as she deals with her domestic life, we feel the temporary sensuality and strenuous physicality as we watch her navigate the competitive world of gymnastics at midlife, and we sense the sexual tension between the two women as they rehearse and perform their act in silence, alone and high above the rest of the world."
Jason A. Heidemann
Time Out Chicago
"The Gymnast, a new film written and directed by Ned Farr, is a drama with a rare kind of beauty and power. Seldom before has a movie about middle age and sexual confusion brought with it such a tangible sense of longing and realism without losing its sense of humor... As an examination of sexual awakening and the complications that arise, The Gymnast is unmatched."